We've just returned from a visit to see family out in Arizona. While it is nice to take a break from the frugal routine, we still want to find a way to stretch our dollars. Some meals were taken with family and we made reservations at hotels that offered continental breakfast, but we knew there were still going to be a few/several times when we would need to eat out or have snacks on hand. I first did a quick search of the names of the grocery stores at our first destination. I then searched for a blog that covered those stores. I found Saving Cents with Sense. After a quick browse of the best snack food deals at a single store, I took a look around the blog and found a great coupon for a Free Taco at Del Taco. A quick visit to Del Taco's site revealed several restaurants in the areas we are visiting. I also noticed that Del Taco offers a club with two free tacos for joining. A stop at Restaurant.com landed me a discount gift card for another restaurant.
The lesson: visit local blogs and sites to find regional deals when you are traveling. They will likely lead you right into great savings!